According to Dean Garber’s book about one-room schools in Elkhart County, construction began in 1928 on a two-story building on the northwest corner of S.R. 15 and C.R. 20 in Jefferson Township, Elkhart County. By 1929 Jefferson Township School, an elementary and high school, was finished.
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As was so typical of many schools built then, there was a stage on one end of a small gym. Those gyms would not usually meet the needs of today’s schools, but they all seemed to have something different or unique about them. This school no longer stands, but is now remembered by this marker. There is a Jefferson Elementary School nearby that is part of the Middlebury Community Schools. In 1964 the township schools of Middlebury, Jefferson and York consolidated to form what is now the Middlebury Community Schools. Jefferson Elementary students will eventually attend Northridge High School.
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